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It began as a cheap, off-the-shelf tactic. Buy a commercially available drone, strap a bomb to it and let it fly. It didn’t take long for the tactic to catch on, spreading across the battlefields of Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State group tried to...
The U.S. faces a complex strategic environment: ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the global war against al-Qaida and its ilk; a seething war in Syria; unrest in Libya and other parts of Africa; Russia-induced instability in Eastern...
From Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, Army medical evacuation crews have gone above and beyond for wounded soldiers on the battlefield for decades. They’ve faced the dangers of combat, pushed limits and pioneered advances in combat...
Twenty-first-century warfare will force America’s soldiers into complex environments spanning bustling megacities to the freezing Arctic. They will operate in jungles too thick to penetrate with satellites, and on desert plains too open to hide...
The ability to deploy, fight and win requires a ready force. Improving today’s Army to accomplish these tasks does not end with modernizing platforms. It continues with improving the skills and decision-making abilities of soldiers. So soldiers can...
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Daring Secret Mission Reaps Soviet Gold Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation. Steve Vogel. Custom House. 530 pages. $36.99 By Rick Maze , Editor in Chief Presented as a true-life spy story...
Ryan D. McCarthy, the former Ranger and Afghanistan War veteran called on for the fourth time to be the civilian leader of the U.S. Army, is both optimistic and concerned about the future of America’s foundational force. Confirmed by the Senate on...
In his first day as the 40th Army chief of staff, Gen. James C. McConville declared that people are his No. 1 priority. From soldiers and family members to veterans and Army civilians, the Army is about people, McConville said during his Aug. 9...
As the Army reorients itself after almost two decades of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston is focused on making sure soldiers are fit, healthy and ready for the next fight. To do that, Grinston is looking at...
I was privileged not long ago to join a gathering of several former Army chiefs of staff. These were the leaders of the Army I grew up in, from the 1970s until my retirement from active service in 2013. They were, and are still, to me, legendary...
The Army National Guard’s capabilities “exist for our warfight,” so soldiers must be deployable, maintain their equipment and make sure their skills are interoperable with the Regular Army, says Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, who became director of...
A culture shift driven by the new threat environment, along with improvements in medical readiness, reductions in the number of nondeployable soldiers and a purposeful focus on fostering a warrior culture, have pushed the U.S. Army Reserve to...
Retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 37th Army chief of staff, was selected by the Council of Trustees of the Association of the U.S. Army as the 2019 recipient of the George Catlett Marshall Medal for...
Gen. John “Shali” Shalikashvili was the first immigrant, draftee and Officer Candidate School graduate to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Born into a noble European family just before World War II, Shalikasvili’s life went from...
Many soldiers might recognize their local Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from the ceremonies the aides attend or the help they have provided to troops or their families. What most people don’t know is the Civilian Aide to the Secretary...